Jose Mourinho had a bit of a divided opinion during his stint at Real Madrid.
It’s said that the team had been divided into two camps during his time. One camp seemed to support Mourinho and his unusual ways while, the other camp was reportedly against the Portuguese.
Players like Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil, and Raphael Varane were self-proclaimed Mourinho disciples and they have spoken a lot over the years on the impact Mourinho had on their careers.
Yesterday, Raphael Varane explained how Mourinho made him realize his potential and help him become the best young Center Back in all of Europe:
“During my second year at Madrid, Jose Mourinho gave me a kick up the backside.
“I wasn’t doing well, I wasn’t managing to do what he wanted me to out on the pitch.
“So he chided me, saying: ‘Why don’t you run in training?’ My first reaction was to mutter, ‘Oh come on…’ But I knew he was right, I had more to give.”
Talking about how Mourinho works, the Frenchman further praised the manager by saying:
Mourinho doesn’t need to give long speeches,” Varane continued.
“He’s direct and to the point. What he said to me was for my own good. Without regular pressure like that, I can tend to rest on my laurels.”
Source – Independent
It should be noted that before Mourinho came along, Varane was just another talented, young kid. It was Jose who gave him the chances at Madrid; the club who boasted the likes of Pepe and Ramos at the back. The Portuguese was an influential figure in Varane’s career and one of the main reason for the 22-year-old’s success.
These stories; this is probably why Mourinho is considered the best man-manager in the world. Yesterday John Terry showed his appreciation and loyalty for the manager by saying that he would die for Mourinho. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said something similar to that line in the past and so has countless another player, whether it is Khedira or Sneijder or others.
Hopefully, Raphael Varane gets a chance to rejoin Mourinho at Chelsea at some point. We definitely need someone like him, here at the Bridge!
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